How to Return to Clinical Dietetics After a Break

“It is better to know how to learn than to know.” -Dr. Seuss

By Sara Glanz, MS, RD, LD, CNSC

You don’t have to be working in the field of clinical nutrition long to realize that things are always changing. And if you’ve recently taken a break from the clinical dietetics workforce, it might feel overwhelming to jump back in. Not to worry. If you find yourself in need of a user-friendly, clinical nutrition refresh, Dietitians On Demand has just what you need.

Commit to a schedule

Just like we encourage our patients and clients to do, set a goal to complete one educational program each day, three programs each week, attend one conference every year, or a schedule that meets your needs. There are lots of ways to learn; start peppering opportunities into your schedule.

Never underestimate the power of a good reference

Did you know that Dietitians On Demand has over 50 unique infographics? These one-pagers are the perfect resource to print and post at your desk or stash a copy on your clipboard. Why memorize when you can reference? We have handy-dandy guides for topics like, diabetes medications, TPN electrolytes, NFPE cheat sheets, survey checklists, and more. Best of all, they are all free.

Join one (or more!) of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics’ Dietetic Practice Groups

There are a variety of DPGs available to suit nearly any interest. DPGs often produce their own publications, apart from the Academy’s journal, that feature articles focused on one content area. Being an active member of a DPG also offers opportunities for networking and mentoring.

Choose the “right” research articles

Reading research articles is hardly anyone’s favorite pastime. But if you are looking for the latest and greatest information, peer-reviewed journal articles will likely be your best source. Instead of sifting through stacks of research, look for review articles. These will oftentimes summarize results from several studies. Review articles certainly don’t replace original research articles, but they provide a good overview.

Prefer to watch, rather than read?

Dietitians On Demand offers a live webinar every month and we have an enormous library of on-demand webinars. Listen in while you pack kids’ lunches or during your own lunch break! If you only have a few minutes, we recommend our on-demand webinars that can be paused and restarted for the highest level of convenience. And if you need to stock up on your continuing education credits, check out our list of continuing education resources.

Staying up-to-date on clinical guidelines and practice changes will help you re-enter the dietetics workforce, even after taking a break. Make learning a commitment for life. And if you’re looking for a job to jumpstart your career, check out of ever-changing job board!

Sara Glanz, MS, RD, LD, CNSC worked as a traveling dietitian for Dietitians On Demand for two years before joining the team as the corporate dietitian. In this role, she has championed the continuing education program to empower dietitians everywhere to achieve their professional goals.

Dietitians On Demand is a nationwide staffing company for registered dietitians, specializing in short-term, temporary and permanent-hire positions in acute care, long term care and food service positions. Check out our job openings, or request your coverage today!

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